We were contacted by Bradfield Brewery to advise on a large-scale solar panel installation to power their brewery site at High Bradfield near Sheffield. The rise in energy bills the brewery were facing due to increased demand from business expansion led the brewery to investigate an alternative energy source. It quickly became clear that renewable technology was the way forward.
We worked with the business from the planning stage right through to installation. The installation took approximately three weeks and the 150+ photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of the brewery and storage building now generate around 30,000 Kilowatts of electricity a year – enough to power about half a dozen family homes. The combination of money saved on electricity bills and the income generated from the Feed In Tariff amount to an annual figure of around £11,000.
Richard Gill, from the brewery, said: “It fits in with our ethos of using the best and most natural way of doing things. We already use water from our own borehole on the farm to make the perfect pint. Now we can harness the sun to help in that process.”
Philip Mosley, Norcroft director, added: “More and more businesses are seeing the advantage of using their roof space to not only save money but save the planet. The brewery uses power during daylight hours, so generating and then using its own electricity from the sun made sense. And with two large south-facing roofs solar panels were the perfect option.”